Wacker Neuson’s seventh annual Trowel Challenge competition held at the 2015 World of Concrete drew fans to watch finishers from around the world race for the grand prize: a custom 48-inch CRT 48-35V ride-on trowel powered by a special Vanguard BIG BLOCK V-twin engine. The top three finishers receive a custom laser cut ride-on trowel trophy.
Preliminary competitions were held the first three days of the annual concrete trade show. The contestants with the top 10 fastest times from the preliminaries advanced to the finals on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. The top 10 finalists each had one run through the course and that time was added to their preliminary time. Less than one second separated the first place and third place finisher.
Greg Geiger, owner of On Demand Concrete Solutions, Warburg, Alberta Canada, was the first place winner, with a winning combined time of 53.494. Geiger was the second place finisher in the 2014 competition. This year, he came into the finals in first place with an initial qualifying time of 26.723. He maintained his lead and took home the grand prize with a final run time of 26.771. On Demand Concrete Solutions will receive the grand prize CRT 48-35V and Geiger took home the gold painted scaled trophy and bragging rights that he is the fastest finisher for 2015.
“It feels pretty amazing,” Geiger said. “It means a great deal to me in the form of a sense of accomplishment and pride that comes with that. I am extremely grateful that I achieved the win this year, especially after last year’s second place.”
On Demand Concrete Solutions company specializes in large commercial and industrial concrete flatwork, from oil and gas industry to commercial warehouses. They currently own three Wacker Neuson ride-on trowels, rammers and wet screeds. Geiger said, “We will be using the swanky new rider on a variety of our large jobs.”
Timo Herrala, SSTH-Lattiat, Tampere, Finland, took second place and Kent Goossen, HD Concrete, Rosenort, Manitoba, Canada, came in third.
Besides the annual trowel challenge, Wacker Neuson’s World of Concrete booth offered contractors the opportunity to operate two new ride-on trowels. A new 10-foot, CRT 60-74L, that is powered by a more powerful Tier 4 final engine and offers a heavy-duty cooling system that significantly improves performance and the life of the machine. A new 8-foot model, the CRT 48-57K-PS is a new higher horsepower gasoline model that was developed for the professional concrete finisher.